Teen drivers caught speeding face arrest

January 1, 2012 7:57:27 PM PST
The New Year brought new laws for North Carolinians including new restrictions for teen drivers.

Police can now arrest any driver under 18-years-old, if they are caught speeding more than 15 miles over the speed limit or for any other incident considered to be reckless driving.

The new law also allows for the loss of driving privileges even before a trial takes place.

One mom, Kelly Johnson, who has a daughter enrolled in driver's education, said the new laws discriminate against teens.

"Their rights are being violated based on their age. That's age discrimination," she said. "I agree that they've broken the law, but go to the extreme of arresting them and taking the license?"

Teen driver Emily Mitchell said the new laws do more than make her not want to drive fast.

"It makes me not want to drive at all," she said.

The law requires teenagers with a learner's permit will have to do a little more paperwork before moving on to the next step in the state's three-step graduated license program for adolescent drivers.

The first log requires 60 hours of time behind the wheel under the supervision of a parent or other experienced driver. The second log, for Level 2 drivers, requires 12 additional hours.

Signed copies of the logs have to be presented before moving to the next level.

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